Education Background

  • B.A. Chemistry (1968)
    University of Washington
  • Ph.D. Biological Chemistry (1974)
    University of California Los Angeles

Research Interests

  • Membrane trafficking in mammalian cells.
  • The interaction of biocompatible carbon nanotubes with living cells.
  • Subcellular nanomanipulation and applications of nanoprobes to cells biology.

Contact Information

Email: draper@utdallas.edu
Phone: 972-883-2512
Fax: 972-883-2409
Office: FO 3.322
www.utdallas.edu/~draper/

Rockford K. Draper

Dr. Draper is a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas with joint appointments in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology and the Chemistry Department. He is a member of the NanoTech Institute and the Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Technology. His research interests include membrane cell biology and developing the interface between cell biology and nanotechnology.

In 2002 he initiated the Bionanosciences Group at U. T. Dallas that brings together chemists, nanotechnologists, engineers, and biologists to explore biological applications of nanotechnology.

Projects currently underway include studies of membrane trafficking in mammalian cells, the design and characterization of biocompatible carbon nanotubes as chemotheraputic agents, and applications of subcellular nanomanipulation and nanoprobes to cell biology.

Selected Publications

Diameter-Selective Solubilization of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes by Reversible Cyclic Peptides Ortiz-Acevedo, A., H. Xie, A. B. Dalton, R. H. Baughman, R. K. Draper, I. H. Musselman and G. R. Dieckmann. J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2005). 127, 9512-9517.

Peptide cross-linking modulated stability and assembly of peptide-wrapped single-walled carbon nanotubes Xie, H., A. Ortiz-Acevedo, V. Zorbas, R. H. Baughman, R. K. Draper, I. H Musselman, A. B. Dalton and G. R. Dieckmann. J. Mat. Chem (2005) , 15, 1734-1741.

Nanotube network transistors from individual peptide-wrapped single-walled carbon nanotubes. In het Panhuis,M., S. Gowrisanker, D. J. Vanesko, C. A. Mire, H. Jia, H. Xie, R. H. Baughman, I. H. Musselman, B. E. Gnade, G. R. Dieckmann and R. K. Draper. Small (2005). 1, 820-823.

p97 is in a Complex with Cholera Toxin and Influences the Transport of Cholera Toxin and Related Toxins to the Cytoplasm AbuJarour, R. J., S. Dalal, P. I. Hanson and R. K. Draper. J. Biol. Chem. (2005).280, 15865-15871.

Importance of aromatic content for peptide/single walled carbon nanotube interactions Zorbas, V. A. L. Smith, A. Ortiz-Acevedo, H. Xie, A. B. Dalton, G. R. Dieckmann, R. K. Draper, R. H. Baughman, and I. H. Musselman. J. Am. Chem. Soc. In press.

Preparation and characterization of individual peptide-wrapped single-walled carbon nanotubes Zorbas, V.; A. Ortiz-Acevedo, A. B. Dalton, M. M. Yoshida, G. R. Dieckmann, R. K. Draper, R. H. Baughman, M. Jose-Yacaman, and I. H. Musselman. J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2004)126, 7222- 7227.

Updated: November 30, 2005

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